Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by Natee Utarit

Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by Natee Utarit

WHEN
24 January – 11 March 2018
VENUE
The Private Museum
OPENING HOURS
Mon–Fri 10am–7pm
Sat and Sun 11am–5pm
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
http://theprivatemuseum.org

Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by Natee Utarit

In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2018, The Private Museum and Richard Koh Fine Art are pleased to co-present the exhibition, Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by leading contemporary Thai visual artist, Natee Utarit.

The exhibition features a selection of 7 artworks from the artist’s Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces series, which began in 2012 and has been featured in various galleries and museums in Asia. Consisting of 12 works, these works are composed of multiple panels forming a diptych, triptych, or polyptych, following the tradition of classical religious paintings with elaborate frames and settings.

The body of works takes its inspiration from paintings that have traditionally adorned the altars of Christian churches. The Altarpieces is Utarit’s critique of Western modernism; a satire of modernism and capitalism addressing its seduction of local customs and traditions.

After its debut at Ayala Museum in February 2017 and its second stop at National Gallery of Indonesia in October 2017, the travelling exhibition finds a third new home in the intimate space of The Private Museum.

Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces, Natee Utarit, 2017. Image courtesy of The Private Museum and Richard Koh Fine Art
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